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Milgram, Stanley

Born: 1933 AD
Died: 1984 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Psychologists

1933 – He was born on the 15th of August this year. Although considered one of the most important psychologists of the 20th century, he never took a psychology course as an undergraduate at Queens College, New York.


1954 – He earned his Bachelor’s degree in political science in this year. He applied to a Ph.D. program in social psychology at Harvard University. He was rejected due to lack of psychology background.


1960 – He received his Ph.D this year.


1963 – He submitted the results of his Milgram experiments in the article "Behavioral study of obedience". In the ensuing controversy that erupted, the APA held up his application for membership for a year because of questions about the ethics of his work, but then granted him full membership.


1974 – After ten years, he published Obedience to Authority and was awarded the annual social psychology award by the AAAS (mostly for his work over the social aspects of obedience).


1976 – CBS presented a made-for-television movie about obedience experiments: The Tenth Level with William Shatner as Stephen Hunter, a Milgram-like scientist. Milgram himself was a consultant for the film, though his personal life did not resemble that of the Shatner character.


1984 – On the 20th day of December this year, he died of a heart attack at the age of 51 in the city of his birth, New York. He left behind a widow, Alexandra "Sasha" Milgram, and two children.